Katherine East, Northern Territory

Katherine East is an eastern suburb of the town of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. It is in the local government area of the Katherine Town Council. The area was officially defined as a suburb in April 2007, adopting the commonly used local name for the residential subdivisions east of the town centre.[2] It has been identified as the focus of future residential development as required by population growth in the town. Development in Katherine East is mainly residential north of Stuart Highway, with a small industrial area to the south.

Katherine East
KatherineNorthern Territory
Katherine East is located in Northern Territory
Katherine East
Katherine East
CoordinatesCoordinates: 14°27′58″S 132°17′07″E / 14.4662°S 132.2852°E / -14.4662; 132.2852
Population3,114 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density151.24/km2 (391.71/sq mi)
Area20.59 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Location2.8 km (2 mi) from Katherine
LGA(s)Katherine Town Council
Territory electorate(s)Katherine
Federal division(s)Lingiari
Suburbs around Katherine East:
Katherine Lansdowne
Katherine Katherine East
Katherine South Uralla Uralla

Services and facilitiesEdit

Within Katherine East there are two public primary schools - Macfarlane Primary School and Casuarina Street Primary School, as well as Katherine High School. St Joseph's Catholic College is also located in Katherine East catering for students from Transition to Year 12. The regional headquarters for the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services is located opposite the industrial area along the Stuart Highway. Medium and long term planning has also identified a site within the suburb for a future health precinct as the current Katherine District Hospital has been subject to inundation during the 1998 and 2006 flood events.[3]

Katherine East is also the location of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre which opened in 2012, and serves as a community and creative hub for the entire Big Rivers Region. The facility programmes visual art exhibitions, performing arts, lectures, and conferences, and also hosts a wide range of hired events and civic functions. Godinymayin, also known locally as Godi, provides exhibition space to share Indigenous culture, visual and performance art.[4] The centre includes gallery space, retail shop, cafe, and a 400-seat theatre.[5] In 2022, following a $5 million Arts Trail Grant from the Northern Territory Government, the centre will expand its interior venue and add a new outdoor amphitheatre for live events and dry season activities.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Katherine East (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018.  
  2. ^ NT Place Names Register [1], Northern Territory Government
  3. ^ "Katherine Land Use Plan" (PDF). Northern Territory Planning Commission. 2014.
  4. ^ Steven Schubert (16 July 2012). "Indigenous culture centre finally opens in Katherine". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  5. ^ "Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre". Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre. 2013.
  6. ^ "Godinymayin New Amphitheatre Funding". Katherine Times. 2021.

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